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Wednesday May 25th

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Elaine Westbrooks, vice provost for University Libraries and University librarian, will depart from her role at UNC on May 31 and become the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University.

University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks was 'right leader for the right time' at UNC

Elaine Westbrooks is the first Black University librarian since the position was created in 1901 at UNC. “I lean into that because it really changes the way I think about the world,” she said. “And so I really think I’ve been the right leader for the right time.” Westbrooks' last day at UNC will be May 31. During her five years at UNC, spearheaded University Libraries’ work in diversity, equity and inclusion, working to make the library system a better, more accessible space for underrepresented communities.

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Janora McDuffie, a Durham native and UNC alumna, will be one of the first Black and queer announcers in Oscar history. Photo courtesy of Janora McDuffie.

'This is her time': UNC alumna to voice announcements for 94th Academy Awards

UNC alumna Janora McDuffie will be the voice behind all the announcements at the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday. Now living in Los Angeles, she has appeared in numerous television shows and has done voice acting for commercials, video games and other animations. “It’s been a beautiful process to be a part of watching the growth in her career and growth as a person,” McDuffie's wife, Leila Ryan, said.

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Cornell Watson, the photographer behind "Tarred Healing," poses for a portrait in his Durham office on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. "Tarred Healing" is a photo story reflecting on Black history in Chapel Hill and at UNC. 

'This is really disrespectful': Display of 'Tarred Healing' photo story canceled

Photographer Cornell Watson's "Tarred Healing" project is a reflection of Black history through places, people and systems in Chapel Hill and at the University. Twelve days after the display at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History was initially canceled, the center went back on the decision on March 1 — without consulting Watson — before canceling it for the final time the next day. “Who plans and schedules an exhibition without the artist?" Watson said. "No one, ever.”

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